The Walking Dead Rick & Michonne Spinoff

The Rick Grimes The Walking Dead spinoff is starting to take shape, but news around the story and cast for Rick and Michonne’s TWD show are still closely guarded. Rick Grimes’ spinoff was originally going to be a The Walking Dead movie. Following Andrew Lincoln’s Walking Dead exit in season 9, it was announced the actor would return for a Rick Grimes movie, possibly several, alongside Michonne. However, The Walking Dead movie was scrapped in favor of a spinoff miniseries. The franchise has already expanded with Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and The Walking Dead: Dead City premiering in June 2023. All have crossover appeal, and the franchise has big plans for the coming years, so the decision to make a The Walking Dead Rick and Michonne series made sense.

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As for what the story of the Rick Grimes spinoff could be, the finale of The Walking Dead left some clues. While Michonne and the other residents of Alexandria always hoped that Rick Grimes survived the bridge explosion in The Walking Dead season 9, Jadis was the only one who knew he was still alive, as he was last seen being taken away by a mysterious helicopter that she had called for. During The Walking Dead series finale, Michonne is seen out on her own still in search of Rick while Rick also appears in the final episode being prompted to surrender by a CRM helicopter over a loudspeaker. This set up The Walking Dead movie-turned-series, which will see Rick and Michonne reunite, likely in a battle with the CRM.

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The Rick And Michonne Spinoff: Latest News

Rick and Michonne holding hands in The Walking Dead

The biggest news about The Walking Dead movie-turned-series is that Morgan (Lennie James) might appear. In the Fear the Walking Dead midseason finale, Morgan was slipping into fits of rage surrounded by a series of blackouts. By the end of the episode, it looked like Morgan was leaving the spinoff series, but it sounds like he will remain part of the franchise. This started when Morgan watched his wife Grace die and his adopted daughter in danger. Once Morgan saved Mo, the two left, with Morgan saying he was going back to find the people he ran from that led him to Texas — Rick Grimes and the survivors of The Walking Dead.

“It’s got me thinking about the people I ran away from when I first came to Texas. And they’re people that mean as much to me as you all do. I got to find them. I got to see if they’re still there. Right my mistakes and make sure that they’re all okay.”

This quote comes when Morgan said he was going to go look for his friend that told him “not to run” and that means he is going to look for Rick Grimes. It makes sense that Morgan could end up at Alexandria and find some familiar faces — including Judith. If he learns Rick is out there and might be in danger, he might set out to find him, and that would give Rick and Michonne another valuable ally in their battle with the CRM. With Morgan saying he was going to call out for Rick every morning from then on, there is no chance the Rick Grimes movie-turned-series won’t pay this off.

In an interview, Lennie James even talked about the chance of showing up in the Rick and Michonne spinoff series. “Morgan has set off in one direction and ended up going in another on more than one occasion, so who knows?” James said. “All I can say is this chapter of Morgan’s story is over, and it has been my pleasure and honor to count myself among the amazing cast, crew, and storytellers that bring FTWD to life(via EW).

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Spinoff: Release Date

Rick's Walking Dead Movie

The Walking Dead Rick and Michonne spinoff does not yet have a release date, but AMC promises that it will air sometime in 2024. Producer Scott Gimple publicly said that the writing team took their time on the show because they want to do Rick Grimes justice. Writing the series will have naturally become more difficult since Rick’s absence because characters who could be integral to the plot had continued storylines in other shows, like Jadis in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. It seems as though another spinoff, The Walking Dead: Dead City, will beat the Rick Grime spinoff to the small screen though neither has a confirmed release date yet.

The production did finally wrap up in May 2023, so it looks like The Walking Dead Rick Grimes spinoff release date may be coming up quickly. The Walking Dead: Dead City premiered in June 2023 with Maggie and Negan in New York City. Fear the Walking Dead will finish its run in late 2023. With the Rick and Michonne spinoff movie-turned-series finished filming, it will almost surely come before the Daryl show, so expect it to arrive early in 2024.

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Spinoff: Cast

Rick and Michonne hiding behind a wall in The Walking Dead

When it was announced as The Walking Dead movie, Andrew Lincoln was revealed to be back as Rick Grimes after leaving the original show shortly before. Now that it is confirmed as a 6-episode show, the Rick Grimes spinoff has expanded to include Danai Gurira’s Michonne. She was last seen in The Walking Dead series finale promising to search for her lost partner.

The Walking Dead movie-turned-series with Rick and Michonne continues to move along with some new casting news. Lesley-Ann Brandt has joined the Walking Dead spinoff. Interestingly, though her casting didn’t reveal any details about her character, her name is revealed to be Pearl Thorne. This is the first bit of casting news to come out of the show other than Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira returning as Rick and Michonne. It will be interesting to see if Brandt will be playing an ally or enemy to the two protagonists.

Given that the spinoff is being planned as a six-part limited series, it would make sense that Rick reunites with his old family and friends by its end, if not sooner. Several of the key characters from the original series will be getting their own spinoff show, including Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who atar in The Walking Dead: Dead City. Daryl (Normal Reedus) will also lead his own spinoff series, but as he also set out in The Walking Dead series finale to find Rick, it wouldn’t be surprising if he succeeded.

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The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Spinoff: Story

Rick and Michonne from The Walking Dead

While The Walking Dead movie was initially conceived as a story about Rick, the new spinoff series has been described as an epic love story between Rick and Michonne. The synopsis promises a major reunion between the two while they once again find themselves surrounded by danger and enemies beyond the ever-present walkers. Teases of the CRM fighting a war against the dead which drags Rick and Michonne into it make it clear who the villains of the story will be.

The Walking Dead finale also seems to reveal that he has already escaped CRM only to be recaptured. This confirms that whatever new life he was brought to when he was flown away has not been to his liking. The helicopter pilot who speaks to Rick over the loudspeaker in Rick’s final scene of The Walking Dead finale also hints at another human villain on the horizon as the pilot reminds Rick, “It’s like he told you, there’s no escape for the living.” Who “he” is remains to be seen.

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Spinoff: Trailer

Rick and Michonne together in Walking Dead

As filming for the Walking Dead spinoff has only just begun and the release date is at least a year away, there will not be any trailer released soon. However, AMC’s history can give a brief insight into when the trailer might release. For past shows like Better Call Saul and the final season of The Walking Dead, a trailer only arrived about a month or so before premiering, so the trailer for the Rick and Michonne spin-off could have a similar timeframe.

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Why The Rick Grimes Movies Are Now A Show

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in Walking Dead and iPhone

In 2018, after Andrew Lincoln’s exit from the show, AMC announced that there were plans to make The Walking Dead movie trilogy centered on Rick Grimes to properly explain what happened to the character after he was carted off by a Civic Republic Military (CRM) helicopter. After little to no news surrounding the Rick Grimes movie release, it was revealed at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con that the movie trilogy would now be a six-part miniseries focusing on Rick and Michonne. The Walking Dead series finale set up the Rick Grimes show by revealing that Michonne is on the hunt for her lost love, though it’s yet unclear how the two will be reunited.

Changing the Walking Dead movie into a show was the right call by AMC, as the landscape of the entertainment industry has changed drastically. Between streaming services reaching the height of their popularity and the COVID-19 pandemic wiping out theatrical releases, the way people consume media has shifted immensely over the last few years. Disney led the way during the pandemic, releasing many of its projects via Disney+ rather than in theaters, and other studios took notice. In addition, a miniseries format allows The Walking Dead to properly explore Rick’s journey after season 9 without the time constraints given by feature films. Though many fans were expecting a Rick Grimes movie, a show is the better choice.

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